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11:05 PM ET, September 23, 2008


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Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Camp Goes To New Lengths To Shut Out Media  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (NEW YORK) Update: After media outlets complained to the McCain/Palin campaign about its attempt to prevent an editorial presence at Gov. Palin's first meeting of the day, a pool producer was allowed …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
What is the McCain Camp Hiding?  —  If Sarah Palin becomes vice president, she will presumably have meetings with people who are scarier than Michael Cooper, the Times reporter who seems to have the misfortune of covering her today.  I know Michael Cooper; he's a good reporter, but not very mean at all.
Discussion: News Hounds
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Palin press may boycott UN conference  —  NEW YORK - Journalists, displeased with Sarah Palin's efforts to restrict their access to her, are threatening not to cover her events surrounding the United Nations conference here unless they're allowed more access.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain camp tries to keep reporters out of Palin meetings
Discussion: The Swamp, Gawker and AMERICAblog News
Bush Mouthpiece Admits: They've Been Sitting on this Plan  —  Hidden in an article reporting that Cheney's going to go hunt up some support for the $700,000,000,000 bailout is this admission that the Bush Administration has been sitting on it for some time: … Which raises three questions for me:
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   There Is No Crisis—Summary  —  Things are getting a little suspicious …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gingrich urges vote against ‘stupid’ Paulson plan
Discussion: Daily Kos
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Chuck Schumer to Sec. Paulson: Why $700 billion?  Why not $150 billion?
Discussion: The RBC
Pew Research Center:
57% of Public Favors Wall Street Bailout  —  Obama Seen As Better Able to Address Crisis  —  By a margin of almost two-to-one the American public thinks the government is doing the right thing in investing billions of dollars to try to keep financial institutions and markets secure.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Stephanopoulos: McCain Holds Key to Administration's Bailout Passage on Capitol Hill  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos reports: If Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain doesn't vote for the Bush administration's $700 billion economic bailout plan, some Republican …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
Conservatives: ‘Take a breath’ before bailout
Discussion: Associated Press
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Obama Says Bailout Should Include 4 Conditions
Discussion: Weekly Standard and New York Times
Andy Glass / The Crypt's Blogs:
Gingrich: McCain should make bailout ‘Obama-Bush’ plan
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Times:
McCain Aide's Firm Was Paid by Freddie Mac  —  WASHINGTON— One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain's campaign manager from the end of 2005 through last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:   Freddie's Friend  —  Freddie Mac continued checks to McCain campaign chief's firm.
Paul Krugman:
Getting real — and letting the cat out of the bag  —  Whoa — it seems that Ben Bernanke ditched his prepared testimony and, instead, let the cat at least partly out of the bag. … As I wrote earlier this morning, the whole “take these assets off the balance sheets” line is fundamentally disingenuous …
Henry Blodget / The Huffington Post:   Bernanke and Paulson: Here's Why We're Screwing You
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
Answers for David Cay Johnston
Bsetser / Brad Setser:
Some ballpark math on the US financial sector (i.e. just how big is $700b?)
Discussion: Paul Krugman
The Politico:
House GOP rises up against Cheney  —  There was a time when Dick Cheney could turn back a Republican revolt on Capitol Hill.  —  That time is gone.  —  House Republicans rose up en masse against their vice president on Tuesday morning to blast an administration proposal …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats to let offshore drilling ban expire  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.
Chris Rock To Bill Clinton: ‘Hillary Lost!’  —  As in his appearance on the View, Bill Clinton offered the most tepid support possible for Barack Obama's presidential ticket on David Letterman's Late Show last night.  After repeatedly invoking his vanquished wife Hillary …
Discussion: Amygdala and Open Left
Ernest Luning / Colorado Independent:
Aurora fifth-grader suspended over anti-Obama T-shirt  —  UPDATE: Please read School District says suspended student's anti-Obama t-shirt caused ‘disruption’ for new information on the story.  —  The father of an Aurora fifth-grader said Monday he plans to sue after school officials suspended …
Discussion: Law Blog and Stop The ACLU
Monica Mercer / Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Chattanooga: UT student not indicted in Palin e-mail hacking case … A federal grand jury in Chattanooga ended its session around lunch time today without indicting a University of Tennessee student who authorities believe may have hacked into vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account.
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
‘Grim’ Afghanistan Report To Be Kept Secret by US  —  “No Plans to Declassify” New National Intelligence Estimate for White House  —  US intelligence analysts are putting the final touches on a secret National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan that reportedly describes the situation as …
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Credit Is Not a Civil Right  —  I have no way of judging whether the Wall Street bailout is a necessary evil or an impending disaster.  But we're in this mess, ultimately, because our political elites thought it was good social policy to encourage banks to give mortgages to uncreditworthy people …
Discussion: Salon
If Ohio polling looks like Chicago, ‘thank’ Brunner  —  Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has a reputation as the most partisan state official in Ohio.  And she works hard to earn it.  The Democrat's latest stunt rejected absentee ballots for thousands of Republicans.  —  But it's not her first rodeo.
Michelle Malkin:
Michelle Obama thanks me  —  Just seeing if you're awake.  —  Hee.  —  Actually, Michelle Obama really did thank me — in her mass e-mail, which has now been sent to me twice, urging the Obama cultists to watch her video promoting The One's first presidential debate.
Times of London:
CEO murdered by mob of sacked Indian workers  —  Corporate India is in shock after a mob of sacked workers bludgeoned to death the chief executive who had dismissed them from a factory in a suburb of Delhi.  —  Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, the head of the Indian operations of Graziano Transmissioni …
Discussion: American Power
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Dramatically Ramping Up Overall Ad Spending; Now Outgunning McCain  —  In a sign that the Obama campaign is getting serious about tapping his financial advantage over McCain with six weeks to go, Obama's overall spending on TV ads has jumped 50% in the last two weeks …
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
And the Media Worries about Palin's Experience and McCain's Age?
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Obama: The Bailout Just Ate Universal Health Care, Energy Policy, College . . .
Media Matters for America:
Time 's Carney claimed new McCain ad …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Anti-war veterans unfurl ‘Arrest Bush/Cheney’ banner at National Archives
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Count me Out of the Bailout  —  Sorry for the radio silence.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Obama's Michigan Attack
Discussion: Swampland
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain in Indiana? [CORRECTED]
Discussion: MyDD
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds 3-Point Edge
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hard Landing for the Golden Parachute